The only thing constant in life is change. This is a tried and tested fact that businesses cannot afford to ignore. Whether it is because of employee performances, technological advancements, or staff turnovers—in order for a business or a company to persevere, it needs to be able to undergo and survive organizational change. Let’s look over some established tips and tricks that you can use to successfully navigate your organization’s change.
Firmly Establish Your Vision
When a business goes through an organizational change, it is important that those at the top properly convey what changes are about to happen and why. Teams and departments are able to assimilate the growth better if they understand why things and processes are evolving. The last thing you’d want to craft a culture of secrecy from your employees. Employees are the lifeblood of your company—making them partners and not just cogs in a wheel of change can better serve your purpose in the long run.
Exemplify Your Vision
If you are at the top of your organization, your employees will look to you to embody the changes that you wish to apply. As the captain of your ship, you need to provide the direction in which you want your employees or members to follow. Get your managers and those in position of leadership to showcase the changes as well. A unified front will help calm any worries that your members may already be feeling.
Clarify Short-Term Goals
While the end-goal vision is established, to better focus your organization on what needs to be done, assign goals that can be attained in the immediate foreseeable future. Don’t lay out change and expect sudden and immediate confirmation. Dole out the changes in small parts through short-term goals that your teams can strive for.
Actively Search For Feedback
In order to get your members to really feel that they’re a true part of your organization and the organizational change you’re going to enact, actively ask your employees for their feedback. As the person on top, you may not always be able to truly have a feel of what the changes are like on the ground level. Getting feedback from those that have a different view will help put things in perspective and can further enrich your ongoing changes.
Build New Avenues for Communication
Whenever changes are proposed, there will be a lot of questions that may arise. Building new channels for communication is always a good idea in order to further fortify your teams. Maintaining visibility, being more accessible for conversations, and keeping all members routinely updated will help stem any issues that can come up.
Maintain a Positive Attitude
Another old adage is that “attitude is everything”—and this is quite true. It wouldn’t matter if your plans for change are incredible, if you present it in a manner that isn’t positive, it will fail. Change is often a stressful and confusing time for everyone involved. You and the other leaders will need to keep the tone and climate as positive as possible in order to keep the ship on its proper path.
These are just a few tips that you can apply in your company as it goes through organizational change. If you have any more, we’d love to hear from you. We’ll keep the tips and topics coming along so be sure to check our blog for more organizational change discussions.